Artist Information

Usually we think of weathervanes as ornaments topping barns–but these "sculptures" of fanciful figures are increasingly being displayed inside for their beauty. My paintings of them represent the art of an American rural icon: the weathervane. The stunning feature of a weathervane is its silhouette against the sky, and that is what my paintings depict. I capture the beautiful, stark lone image of the vane piercing the sky and the atmosphere.

Indian Archer Weathervane @ MHS

My interpretation of the weathervane's form is realistic, but I may vary the background with textural effects, and then sometimes the weathervane looks best with a stark white background to emphasize its silhouette. For example, one of my weathervane paintings in the permanent collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston–pictured left–depicts the 1716 weathervane by Shem Drowne, Indian, one of the oldest weathervanes in America. My Indian weathervane painting has a textured background, while another famous weathervane I interpreted which is in the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, is of the weathervane designed by George Washington, Dove of Peace. It has a stark white background to emphasize its simplicity and beauty. The "personality" of each weathervane often determines the technique of background that I employ.

Art In The Sky Newspaper Article

My paintings have been shown in Weaton Village, Millville, NJ, The Markeim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ, and the Frank Miele Folk Art Gallery, NY City. I am a graduate of the following schools: Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, NY, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa., Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, and I head the Fine Arts Department at Bishop Eustace Prep School, Pennsauken, NJ.

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